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Attorney General's Staff

Attorney General's Staff
The Undergraduate Attorney General Staff includes around 70 members, which consist of the Attorney General and their Cabinet, Managing Associates and Counsels. This cabinet may include the Deputy Attorney General(s), Chief of Staff and Senior Associates. Below is a brief description of each group's responsibilities.

Attorney General and Cabinet
As outlined in the Instrument, the Attorney General is responsible for the following:

  • Recruiting, appointing, training, certifying, and overseeing the members of the Undergraduate Student Attorney General's staff.
  • Managing the day-to-day Honor System administrative tasks
  • Reviewing and investigating alleged violations of the Honor Code
  • Formulating and bringing charges against students as well as advising students concerning their rights and responding to appeals
  • Contributing to cooperative efforts to strengthen the campus Honor System.

The Attorney General also meets on a regular basis with his or her Cabinet and staff members to discuss current issues facing the Honor System and to ensure that counsels and associates are fully prepared to handle each case appropriately.

Each year, the Attorney General is appointed by the Student Body President upon referral by a panel including the outgoing Student Attorney General and Honor Court chairperson, and representatives of the Committee on Student Conduct, the Dean of Students Office, and the Student Government. Upon approval by the Student Body President and Student Congress, the Attorney General serves a 12-month term. To be eligible, the Attorney General must have two semesters of experience on the Attorney General's Staff.

The Cabinet of the Attorney General is appointed by each Attorney General. The Deputy aids the Attorney General in all of his/her capacities, primarily in charge decisions and initial meetings. The Chief of Staff oversees logistics and communications with the Staff, primarily in planning and leading recruitment, training and the bi-monthly meetings. The Senior Associates oversee the Managing Associates, deal with postponed cases, handle difficult cases and make changes to the training manual as needed.

Managing Associates
As outlined in the Staff manual, Managing Associates are appointed by the Attorney General and serve as a neutral party responsible for overseeing the progress of individual cases. Associates conduct preliminary conferences with accused students, providing them with information about the system and helping them to decide on plea and hearing types. The associate then works with both parties to schedule the case. Once the case is scheduled, the associate assigns counsels to each side and serves as a neutral source of information for all parties involved. Managing Associates also meet regularly with the Attorney General
and complete projects to improve the functionality of Attorney General Staff.

Counsels
As outlined in the manual, counsels work as "lawyers" in the Honor System in that they help to prepare the case and represent the reporting party or the student in the Honor Court hearings. The investigative counsel is responsible for presenting a case to the Honor Court that supports the charge made by the Student Attorney General. On the other side, the defense counsel assists the accused student in presenting his/her case.  Both counsels provide complete explanations of the Honor System and the rights of the student and the reporting party as well as assist their respective parties in the preparation and presentation of his/her case before the Honor Court. Membership includes a diverse group of students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Counsels also meet regularly with the Attorney General and Cabinet, Managing Associates, Honor Court, and Outreach to ensure cooperation within the Honor System and to develop ways to promote the Honor Code throughout the campus community.

New counsels are selected by the Cabinet after submitting an application and undergoing an interview process. Attorney General Staff members may retain their position until graduation, subject to reviews of performance and involvement.

Interested in Applying?
Each Fall, the Attorney General's Staff recruits interested students to become new members. Serving on the Attorney General's Staff is a great way to become more involved on campus and give back to the University. If you are interested in applying, please contact the Attorney General at usag@unc.edu.